This year´s ARS FENNICA Award was presented to to the artist Mika Taanila at the ceremony at Amos Anderson Art Museum on 21th of May, 2015. The winner was chosen by the independent British curator and museum director in The Netherlands, Charles Esche.
Mika Taanila`s exhibition Blackout is shown at Hämeenlinna Art Museum 30.10.2015-6.3.2016. It brings together a significant body of his output from recent years, including video and sound installations, photographs and ready-made art. We are also proud to display two entirely new works: Cleaning tapes and Date of Expiry (2015).
Also to be seen is Taanila’s video installation The Most Electrified Town in Finland (2012), depicting the construction of the Olkiluoto 3 nuclear power plant in the municipality of Eurajoki in Western Finland, and local life there. It draws on a documentary feature film directed by Mika Taanila and Jussi Eerola, Return of the Atom, which will reach the theaters on 6 November 2015.
A web side of Mika Taanila's art, including moving images, is published in connection with the exhibition. www.arsfennica15.fi
The Henna and Pertti Niemistö Ars Fennica Art Foundation was set up in 1990 to promote the visual arts, to open up new international contacts for the Finnish art world, and to encourage artists in their creative work.
The Ars Fennica art award is made annually to one artist in recognition of distinctive artistic output of high merit. The award includes a monetary prize of 40,000 euros, a catalogue of works by the winner and an exhibition tour of three Finnish art museums. The Ars Fennica is an internationally respected award and the biggest Finnish prize for visual art.